03 Jul 2018

Clipboard Hijacker Malware Monitors 2.3 Million Bitcoin Addresses

Hackers have developed a malware (CryptoCurrency Clipboard Hijackers) that monitors the Windows clipboard for copied cryptocurrency addresses. When these addresses are pasted in order to send funds, the malware inserts an address owned by the hacker. Because cryptocurrency addresses are long strings of numbers, users rarely notice or double check

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03 Jul 2018

Researchers developing shape-transforming drones

Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a floating aircraft known as the DRAGON that can fly in a straight, snake-shaped configuration through small spaces, but also transform into shapes capable of carrying loads. The design, while still in its early stages, solves many of the obstacles facing modern drones

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03 Jul 2018

DoD still learning how to supply intel for cyber ops

While Cyber has been a recognized warfare domain for almost ten years, the U.S. is still working to improve information sharing relationships between traditional intelligence entities and cyber operations groups. The problem has been named an “item of special interest” for the DoD and efforts are currently under way to

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03 Jul 2018

US “best in the world” for offensive cyber capabilities, “most vulnerable in world” on defense

The former director for cyber security policy in the Obama White House said that, while the U.S. is the “best in the world on offense,” it is the U.S. the most vulnerable country in the world to cyber attacks. The vulnerabilities are both political and technical, due to its democratic

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02 Jul 2018

Researchers publish security flaws in LTE (4G)

A research team published three separate vulnerabilities in the mobile communication standard LTE (4G). Two of the attacks allow an attacker to view LTE traffic and user details, while the third enables an attacker to manipulate data traveling to users’ devices. The report also indicated that these hacks do not

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02 Jul 2018

International Space Station Welcomes Robot Crew Member

The International Space Station is now equipped with a robot programmed to serve astronauts. The Crew Interactive Mbile Companion (CIMON) was developed by IBM and Airbus, and is designed as a floating computer that can take orders from crew members, display requested information, while creating “a feeling of talking to

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02 Jul 2018

IRS Wants Artificial Intelligence To Guard Taxpayer Data

The IRS published a request for information on combining machine learning with cyber security programs to build a data protection system that is “more than just a threat intelligence platform” and that “automatically and continuously learns the environment.” The agency has had ongoing cyber security problems, with a recent report

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02 Jul 2018

North Korea ‘hacking the hell out of Latin America’

North Korea has been using cyberattacks to generate revenue for the cash-strapped government since 2016. Already in 2018, researchers have attributed a $110 million USD attack against Mexico’s state bank and a $10 million USD attack on the Bank of Chile to North Korean hackers. Continued efforts by North Korean

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29 Jun 2018

Facebook files patent for remote smartphone microphone activation

Facebook filed a patent for a technology that embeds an audio signal into other broadcast content that would activate smartphone microphones and then transfer the resulting audio data. Because of the massive privacy violations that would accompany any implementation of this technology at present, a Facebook spokesperson has emphasized that

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29 Jun 2018

Silicon Valley could be next battlefield in US trade war

Over 20 venture capital firms in Silicon Valley have close ties to entities either owned or funded by the Chinese government. With the ongoing focus on intellectual property, high-tech research, and China’s efforts to gain U.S. technologies, it is likely that their embedded presence in Silicon Valley will also come

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